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COVID-19: Back to the Caves?

Human Reaction to the Uncontrollable

Out of No Where

While the world was busy warring with each other, something was about to take place that would set the world on its ear.

Humans hum along on the pretext they control it all, forgetting that is only their perception. Next, comes the normalization and intentional ignorance that proclaims for all to hear, "It's just a flu and we've seen it come and go before."

That statement is only a half truth that omits the degree of severity of this particular virus.

When Numbers Really DO Matter

The last global pandemic occurred shortly after World War I with the Spanish flu of 1918. According to the U.S. CDC archives, it was first discovered among the military. It was an H1N1 virus caused by genes of avian origins.

As U.S. CDC reported:

"It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States"


Compare the numbers with the Ebola virus which infected mostly individuals from West African nations where 28,616 were infected and caused 11,310 deaths.


The numbers on the SARS virus, identified in 2003 as reported by the UK's National Health:

"During the period of infection, there were 8,098 reported cases of SARS and 774 deaths. This means the virus killed about 1 in 10 people who were infected. People over the age of 65 were particularly at risk, with over half of those who died from the infection being in this age group."


Common Link Between SARS and COVID-19

A smaller outbreak of SARS was linked to a medical laboratory in China. It was thought to have been the result of someone coming into direct contact with a sample of the SARS virus, rather than being caused by animal-to-human or human-to-human transmission.

As reported by New Scientist, "Cases of Covid-19 first emerged in December 2019, when a mysterious illness was reported in Wuhan, China. The cause of the disease was soon confirmed as a new kind of coronavirus, and the infection has spread to a number of countries around the world."

The common link is in how these viruses are transmitted to humans. Like the SARS virus, COVID-19 is transmitted from one infected human to others. Domesticated pets cannot transmit this virus to humans.

The Psychological Effect of a Pandemic

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When humans encounter unexpected situations that upset their comfort zones, their initial reaction is fear. This becomes more problematic when the unexpected situation affects human health.

Some individuals prefer to relegate COVID-19 to "just another flu." However, the overriding issue when all other pandemics are studied such as Bubonic Plague and Spanish Flu, is that it is always the sheer magnitude of the numbers infected and how quickly the infections spread that prove this particular flu is not just a passing phase.

Then, there are the individuals so frightened by COVID-19 that they take extreme measures as if this pandemic was a sign of the End Times in Revelations in the Old Testament.

Wall Street Bulls Evolve Into Bears

Money is always the bottom line for human life in modern times. The gravest fear of most humans is destitution, poverty and loss, all of which handicap forward advancement.

The reality of COVID-19 is that fear of infection is causing economic strain and losses.

What is not occurring is positive, reinforced containment of this virus that leads to the ripple effect of people becoming hoarders of necessities like bottled water, paper products, canned foods and pet supplies.

Wall Street's fear of economic loss may have greater impact on those who have the most to lose: investors and the top 1 percent wealthiest who depend entirely on investments as part of a profit package within their wealth status

If stores close and normal daily business operations are halted by this virus, Wall Street views that as a potentially serious recession.

With COVID-19, there is no sense of balance between individuals choosing isolation and infected individuals in quarantine.

Thus, the human reaction to the uncontrollable is to return to a reclusive, cave like existence of prehistoric humankind. This is the more serious effect of human reaction to the uncontrollable issues that arise unexpectedly.

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

When fate drops an uncontrollable situation on humanity, there is usually as many positives as their are negatives.

For example, on April 26, 1986 in Chernobyl, Russia there was a nuclear disaster that shook the entire world to its core.

Today, scientists are noting those nuclear reactors, long since shut down by the Russian government, is overgrown with a strange black mold that is capable of "eating" radioactive materials.


What could be more a negative disaster than a combined earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Fukushima, Japan on March 11, 2011?

Yet, survivors today have advanced in their ability to detect, evacuate and protect their towns and shores from these types of disasters


Though it is not as evident at this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is one major silver lining: Unity.

Where countries and fellow citizens may have previously been at odds, a pandemic has a way of neutralizing animosity and brings together individuals whose talents, skills and expertise may provide answers to less serious outbreaks.

The other silver lining is that COVID-19 makes no special preferences for whom it may choose to infect. A billionaire, politician, king, queen or those in high places in government are all equal to the average individual on the street when it comes to who COVID-19 chooses as its next victim.

Not even the most greedy individuals are spared. Their money means nothing to a pandemic that has the potential to wipe out whole cities and towns. The silver lining there is that a pandemic tempers greed and, not to mention, corruption.

With certainty, there will be survivors of COVID-19 who will live to tell their grandchildren about this historic disaster.

But the one silver lining that will be most historic is the team of scientists who develop the vaccine that brings those in isolation and quarantine out of their self imposed caves.


Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker (author) from Old Bridge, New Jersey on March 13, 2020:

People believe New Yorkers are some of the toughest people. But, when 9/11 occurred, the outpouring of first responders and medical professionals was absolutely astounding. And not just from New Yorkers. All across the country people came together to do what they could.

I am sure no one of us would deny a child the use of a respirator over that of ourselves. Americans know their obligations and try to meet them as best we can.

Already, many people in several states have begun to use social media to share information on this pandemic.

This is the job of government first. That's the leadership our taxes pay for.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 12, 2020:

Maybe we’ll see unity, maybe not. When tough decisions regarding rationing respirators and other urgent needs have to be made, I don’t know whether those choices will be fair. But I like your hopefulness.

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